Realizing our Goals

Sitting in one of our 6 local [Starbucks alternative] coffee shops today – yes, there are 6  in our small town – a friend of mine said… “the days just seem to all blend together“.  I knew exactly what he meant as it ties into last month’s post asking ‘where did January and February go’? Time does move quickly as we are all continually challenged to juggle many things in each of our 24 hours including a good night’s sleep! And, here it is already mid-March with daylight savings time already devoid of its novelty in less than a week. My pulse rises just writing this!

Compass

The words my friend shared said, to me, what nearly everyone’s dilemma seems to be today when it comes to trying to find time for what we hold most important in our life. How do we focus on our goals when we are trying to keep up with the pace that our daily life demands? It reminds me of the commonly used metaphor in my circle described as ”someone trying to change a tire while driving down the highway at 80 miles per hour’. Dangerous, to say the least; yet somehow, something many of us can seem to relate to. Yes?

How do we find time for what is most important to us?

How often do we start our day saying “today, I’m going to get this accomplished!” and somewhere along the way that list became a faint memory overridden by other distracting or louder demands requiring our time and attention? Our intentions are often good yet reality takes over and pulls us in several other directions leaving our goals and dreams pushed off yet another day. These days all too often quickly turn into weeks and, before we know it, another page on the calendar turns. All of us know that tune.

If this is you, please take heart! Achieving our dreams IS possible.. as long as you want it; work it; and keep making yours a priority. Brian Tracey, in his book entitled, Flight Plan – The Real Secret of Success, explains that “life is like an airplane journey. From the time you take off, you will be off course 99% of the time. All airplanes are off course 99% of the time. The purpose and role of the pilot and the avionics is to continually bring the plane back on course so that it arrives on schedule at its destination.” Achieving your goals is very similar.

You must continually bring your focus back to what is most important to YOU to arrive at your desired destination.

Whether you want to set up a marketing plan for your business or organize your basement, here’s your “get-it-done” strategy…

  1. Get clear on what you want and when you want it by. i.e. I want to achieve __________ (what) by ___________ (when).
  2. Define the next step. In order to make the above happen, my next step is __________.
  3. Repeat #2 until you have achieved #1.
  4. Never give up!

Goals can seem daunting when we are not clear on the next step that can move us closer to them. Yes, we will get off track but as long as we keep bringing our focus back to what’s most important to us, we can define and take our next step to move closer to it.

Success is not a mystery. It’s a mind-set!

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